#3 Cherokee 19-2 overall, 13-1 in Lakes
Cherokee's Kyle Schuck takes a lead off first base while watching the pitch to the plate during the Braves big Lakes Conference win over Hull Western Christian in Cherokee last week. The Braves host Sheldon tonight. Photo by Paul Struck
ESTHERVILLE - Junior lefty Gordy Gill limited a dangerous Estherville-LC club to just one run on three scattered hits and five walks, with two strikeouts in four innings of work, to lead #3 Cherokee to an 8-4 Lakes Conference baseball win here Wednesday night.
Kyle Schuck pitched 2 1/3 innings for the Braves, allowing one earned run on one hit and three walks, with two Ks, and Tyler Jones relieved Schuck and gave up one earned run on three hits and no walks, with one K in 2/3 of an inning.
Keith Fandel took the mound loss for the host Midgets, giving up one earned runs on six hits and four walks, with five Ks in six innings of work.
Cherokee's talented lead-off hitter Tyler Jones is patient and poised as he steps into the batter's box during the Braves, win over Hull Western Christian here last week, which avenged their only Lakes Conference loss of the season. Photo by Paul Struck
The Braves tallied a run in the first, and two in each of the second and third innings to take a 5-1 lead that remained until the seventh when they tacked on three more runs. E-LC then answered with three of their own in the bottom of the seventh for the final 8-4 margin.
Phillip Schulenburg stroked an RBI double for the Braves, while Cody Ege was 2-4 with an RBI and stolen base, Tyler Jones 1-3 with two stolen bases, and Matt Koch and Matt Pitts each 1-3. Nathan carlson had a sacrifice fly and two RBI, and Schuck had a sacrifice fly and one RBI for the winners.
"It was a nice job by Gordy in the first four innings," said Cherokee coach Scott Koch. "Estherville is always a tough place to win. It was a great team effort."
The 19-2 Braves (13-1 in Lakes Conference) host Sheldon tonight and travel to Spirit Lake Wednesday to end regular season action.